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Q1: What Kind of Camera do you use?
A1: The answer to this can be found here in the Gear section.

Q2: What kind of film do you use?
A2: I used to shoot primarily print film so most of my older photos (Vietnam photos and some of the US photos) were taken using a variety of print films ranging from Kodak Ektar 25 to Fuji Superia 800. Nowadays though, I shoot slide film almost exclusively with Fuji Velvia being my all round favorite and Kodak E100VS being my film of choice for places like Mexico with a lot of red scenery. I also use Fuji Provia 100F when I want the extra speed and the ultra fine grain or for beach photos because I like the way it renders blue skies and turquoise waters.

For the black and white pictures on this site, they were all made using color film which was either scanned in as B&W or converted to B&W using Photoshop. I generally don't shoot with B&W film because I only have 1 camera body and I don't want to miss out on any good color photo opportunities should they pop up. With color film, you can always go to B&W but not the other way around. Also, shooting color allows you to be flexible in how you want to render your B&W photo. In Photoshop, you can use the color information of a color image to mimic various filters when converting to B&W. For instance, you can mimic red filters to darken the sky or yellow filters to provide smoother skin tones in post-processing but you couldn't do this with images shot on B&W film. Some people feel there's no substitute for the "look" of true B&W films but the results of converting color images to B&W are suitable for my tastes.

Q3: Do you "Photoshop" your photos?
A3: All of the photos on this site have been "Photoshopped" in the sense that Photoshop was used to fix the shifting that happens anytime you scan in film. Other than that, most of the photos pretty much look like they do on the film (or how I think they look in the case of negative film). I'm not a purist though so I will crop, do levels adjustments, constrast masks, and other digital editing techniques, but most of the time they are minor adjustments and none of the pictures on this site were composited with the exception of the photo of the Texas Windmills.

Q4: How did you make those photos where parts of the picture are in color and parts in B&W?
A4: This is done by selectively grayscaling color pictures in Photoshop.

Q5: How much film do you shoot on a trip?
A5: This depends of course but the short answer is relatively little. Not including the rolls used for taking snapshots, the Cuba gallery was made using ~12 rolls of film, Vietnam with ~22 rolls, ~28 rolls for Mexico, ~5 rolls for Guatemala, and 1 roll for Belize.

 


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